5 ‘secured smartphones’ that protect sensitive data and stop cyberattacks
Devices like the Solarin that use military-grade encryption safeguard sensitive data, such as corporate information, and while some have hefty price tags others are no dearer than a regular phone
The post-Snowden era has seen a boom in “secured smartphones” that put privacy first.
The latest is the Solarin, a luxury smartphone with an emphasis on military-grade security. It’s aimed at jet-setting businesspeople who carry around sensitive corporate information and want to protect it.
The brainchild of Sweden and Tel Aviv-based Sirin Labs, Solarin is designed to battle cyberattacks and snooping. It’s armed with 256-bit AES encryption – used by the military to keep communications secret – as well as Zimperium mobile threat protection software.
Solarin has a security switch on the rear that, once toggled on, encrypts calls and messages.
“Cyberattacks are endemic across the globe,” says Tal Cohen, chief executive and co-founder of Sirin. “Just one attack can severely harm reputations and finances.”
Solarin uses the Android OS, it has a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser autofocus, the very latest Wi-fi that promises three times faster web downloads and browsing, and Qualcomm Quick Charge.
All for HK$105,000.
Likewise, the Vertu Signature Touch can cost as much as HK$140,000, though it’s as much about style as security. As well as a 24-hour worldwide assistance and Kaspersky anti-virus software, this Android-based phone includes Silent Circle, which enables encrypted voice, text, file transfer and voice memos.
However, you’ll find the same thing on the Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle itself, which comes in at a more palatable HK$6,600, and adds fine-tune settings for app permissions and the sharing of personal data. This one also has “virtual” modes so can work as both a personal and work phone, keeping each completely separate and secured.
Another budget offering comes from GranitePhone, a HK$6,595 phone that runs GraniteOS for full encrypted communication, while the Blackberry PRIV phone – available for about HK$5,800 – lets you know when your data could be at risk, and offers to encrypt everything.
With security-conscious handsets like these around, you might think that Apple’s iPhone is a step behind. However, as February’s story about the FBI’s very public demand for Apple to unlock one of its phones proves, iPhones are encrypted.